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This Week In Techdirt History: February 22nd - 28th

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2010, we continued following the story of the school caught spying on students through webcams in their laptops, and the details were not looking good. Especially when we discovered the student in question was only guilty of eating candy. Show More Summary

Not So Awesome Stuff: Your Worst Crowdfunding Project?

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Let me start this post off by noting that I'm a huge fan of crowdfunding and think that it's an amazing force for all sorts of good things in art, culture and innovation. That's part of the reason why we do a weekly awesome stuff post highlighting interesting (and sometimes awesome) crowdfunding projects. Show More Summary

DOJ closes FCPA investigation of drugmaker without filing charges

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

And it only took 11 years [WSJ] Related: Loretta Lynch: never mind what DOJ’s criminal fraud chief wrote, says Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, we’ll tighten screws further on FCPA [David Baumann] Tags: Foreign Corrupt Practices...Show More Summary

Bill Cosby asks court to toss defamation suit

Bill Cosby asks for defamation suit to be tossed — FOX411 (@Fox411) February 28, 2015

US Court Rules That Kim Dotcom Is A 'Fugitive' And Thus DOJ Can Take His Money

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the long, convoluted and complex legal battles facing Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, there was some bizarre stuff that happened late last year. As you may recall, early on, the US government seized basically all of his stuff and money. Show More Summary

White House Releases Draft 'Privacy' Bill That's Not Very Good

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's been talked about for a while, but on Friday, the White House released a draft of what it's calling a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights." Conceptually, that sounds like a decent idea, but in practice? Not so much. Yes, it's justShow More Summary

DailyDirt: Big Bones Are A Myth, But Obesity Has Legit Causes

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some people are naturally skinny and able to eat almost anything they want without gaining weight. Obviously, there are also plenty of folks who need to watch their diets very carefully and exercise regularly to prevent unhealthy weight gain. Show More Summary

Under Armour Files Trademark Suit Against Ass Armor

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Show of hands: who remembers the North Face vs. South Butt saga? Ah, yes, the trademark battle built perfectly for those of us with a sophomoric sense of humor, fully entertained us three years ago, when an upstart clothier attempted to be funny and the humorless lawyers at North Face cried consumer confusion. Show More Summary

We Now Know The NSA And GCHQ Have Subverted Most (All?) Of The Digital World: So Why Can't We See Any Benefits?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As Mike pointed out recently, thanks to Snowden (and possibly other sources), we now know the NSA, with some help from GCHQ, has subverted just about every kind of digital electronic device where it is useful to do so -- the latest being hard drives and mobile phones. Show More Summary

Embassy Bombing Trial’s ‘Victim Witness Coordinator’ Played Key Role

Behind the scenes of the landmark U.S. terrorism prosecutions stemming from 1998 U.S. embassy bombings is Wendy Olsen-Clancy, who plays the key role of making sure witnesses are on hand to testify in trials like the one that ended this week.

Debevoise Lawyer is Newest New York Bankruptcy Judge

Michael Wiles, until recently a partner at New York law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, will be sworn in Tuesday as the newest judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York,

Smartflash v. Apple: Is the Invention an Abstract Idea?

by Dennis Crouch In the upcoming $500 million Apple v. Smartflash appeal, a central question will be whether the Smartflash patents properly claim eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 101 as interpreted by Alice v. CLS Bank (2014).  (These issues will first arise in post-verdict motions before the district court).  If these claims are patent eligible, then Alice will […]

A Fish Is a Tangible Object, You Say? The Majority Didn't Describe It That Way

Mr. Yates caught some fish that he shouldn't have hoarded, Because of the risk that his ship would be boarded. An officer noticed that some were too small, And ordered the man to hang onto them all 'Til returning to...          Related...Show More Summary

LSSO Announces First-ever Legal Industry Sales & Service Awards

- Winners to be awarded at the Legal Sales and Service Organization’s 12 th Annual RainDance Conference on June 10 th in Chicago – The Legal Sales and Service Organization (LSSO), an organization for law firm leaders responsible forShow More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 02.27.15

Leonard Nimoy has died at 83. While he's best known as Spock, he also starred in some legal works, such as producing and starring in the story of Mel Mermelstein's pro bono case. [New York Times] Analyzing the Supreme Court on style over substance. Show More Summary

Here’s The Pivotal Track Of The “Blurred Lines” Copyright Case

Here's the actual controversy in the Blurred Lines/Marvin Gaye trial.

From the Career Files: How to Forget You’re A Lawyer When You Travel

Being a lawyer is, by no means, an easy career. It’s demanding and stressful and can be downright nasty at times, which is why most attorneys revel in their vacations.

Stats Of The Week: The Case Against Net Neutrality

The telecom industry contends that the new FCC net neutrality rules will stifle innovation.

Dan Markel’s Father Speaks Out

Does Phillip Markel have a theory as to who murdered his son?

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